Doyon Partners with GeoFORCE
Pictured above from left to right: Brian Reggiani, GeoFORCE program coordinator; Sarah Fowell, GeoFORCE director; Christopher Simon, Doyon board chair; and Sarah Obed, Doyon senior vice president of external affairs.
Doyon, Limited is excited to announce its partnership with GeoFORCE through a $20,000 contribution to the program. GeoFORCE is a four-year, field-based summer geosciences program hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The program targets high school students in rural Alaska communities, and Doyon encourages interested young shareholders to apply.
GeoFORCE was founded in 2012 to address the underrepresentation of rural students, and especially Alaska Native students, in the university system, particularly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. There are many industries around Alaska that are interested in employing rural students, but there are very few students on the path to fill the gap in STEM fields such as geology. GeoFORCE is designed to remove the stigma of STEM challenges, raise high school graduation rates, and encourage participants to attend college.
“GeoFORCE is a great opportunity for youth in the 34 rural communities within the Doyon region to participate,” said Jamie Marunde, vice president of the Doyon lands department. “It’s a dynamic and fun program while introducing students to fields related to lands and resources.”
This partnership is funded through contributions from responsible economic exploration, development projects, and partnerships on Doyon lands. When Doyon began selecting lands entitled to its shareholders under the Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act of 1971 (ANSCA), objectives included gaining title to the lands with greatest resource potential and greatest traditional uses. The Doyon region is a vast area, covering 12.5 million acres across the Interior Alaska, and encompassing 34 rural villages.
For more information on the GeoFORCE program and how to apply, visit https://geoforce.alaska.edu/apply.